In November, the citizens of the Of Massachusetts will vote on the issue of repealing the previous decision of the legislature allowing casinos in the commonwealth. I will vote “Yes” – Repeal this Decision. These are my reasons.
When I think of casinos, the first thing that comes to mind is Las Vegas. It’s were it all started- and it makes sense there. At the time, Las Vegas was a desolate arid desert with little to offer anyone. There was little in the way of infrastructure, community, schools, rich earth, temperate climate, or even the most basic for life, water. Given those conditions, it seems clear why Las Vegas allowed and encouraged casinos; there were no better options.
The second thing that comes to mind when I hear “casino” is Native Americans or our indigenous people who have built casinos in order to survive. That too makes sense. These people have been exploited for hundreds of years, forced off their fertile land, given poor education and even worse health care. Their cultures have been stripped and dried to be as barren as the desert that is home to Las Vegas. With few other options, casinos remain their last hope. I say we owe these people much more, but until then, it’s casinos.
Is that what Massachusetts has come to? Are we without hope? Have we lost our ability to provide prosperity for all though meaningful commerce in design, manufacturing , law, education, tourism, the arts, medicine, technology, agriculture and so much more? Have we gotten to the point where casinos, the last resort of those without resources, are our best option? We have some of the best minds in the country, we are home to resourceful people known for their work ethic, Yankee ingenuity, and somehow casinos are the answer?
The only positive reason I can think of for building a casino in Massachusetts is that there are sure to be some bargains to be had buying black jack tables, roulette wheels, and slot machines from the bankruptcy auctions being held in New Jersey, where each year, another casino closes its doors because of a lack of business. Then again, maybe that’s not a good reason.
I say no. We can do more. We have done so for over two hundred years and we can continue to be a center of innovation, prosperity and justice for all, without casinos.